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Michael Gosse has a diverse background in engineering, information technology, services to people with disabilities, project management, and entrepreneurship. After earning a Ph.D. from Lehigh University in 1992, he has led the development of new technology in both established and start-up firms, as well as for the National Federation of the Blind. As principal of DataSpeech Computer Solutions, Inc., Mike created innovative computer and smart phone applications for the blind and visually impaired. As a co-founder of ESD Associates, he is looking forward to applying cutting edge information technology and systems analysis to the issues of environmental design and permitting.

Mike has an extensive record of volunteer public service, having been appointed to numerous state-wide committees, boards, and task forces. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland.


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Daniel J. O’Leary is a water resources engineer with a unique blend of regulatory, design and project management experience spanning more than 30 years and diverse projects from small site design to major highways. Dan has been a registered professional engineer in Maryland since 1990.Dan served years in the trenches at Maryland's Departments of Transportation and the Environment, at engineering consulting firms and a non-profit. Since June 2003 Dan has been the lead H&H engineer for Maryland's Intercounty Connector (ICC). On the ICC Dan was responsible for all water-related permits and drainage design for the 18-mile, six-lane highway through Washington DC suburbs in Maryland as well as miles of work on adjacent roadways and environmental stewardship and compensatory mitigation projects.

A native of Hopkinton, Massachusetts and a 1984 graduate of Ulowell (now Umass Lowell), Dan has made Baltimore home with his wife of 22 years and three children. He enjoys city living, jogging, hiking, home improvement and ice hockey. Dan is a Board Member of the non-profit Blue Water Baltimore to help work toward cleaner streams and a healthier Baltimore Harbor and Chesapeake Bay.


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Danielle Spendiff has worked in the environmental field for more than ten years. Most recently, as a Natural Resource Planner with the Nontidal Wetlands Division of the Maryland Department of the Environment, she reviewed and permitted wetland/waterway impacts for projects throughout Maryland. Prior to working for MDE, Danielle conducted field studies and acquired environmental permits for numerous projects in the mid-Atlantic region as an environmental scientist in a consulting engineering firm.

Danielle earned a BS in Biology and Environmental Policy at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, her hometown. She now lives in Catonsville with her husband Kyle, also a biologist, their two daughters, and two dogs. She enjoys gardening, beekeeping, local food and farms, travel, and outdoor activities.


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Eartha McFadden Ballard is an environmental engineer with eight years of professional experience, specializing in remediation of hazardous waste. Over the course of her career, Eartha has carried out groundwater sampling, soil sampling, landfill testing, and outfall inspections; she has also managed the removal of contaminated sediments. Eartha has completed Phase I and Phase II ESA’s, Environmental Impact Statements, NPDES and RCRA permit applications and compliance for industrial facilities.

Most recently, Eartha led a major assessment and remediation project for a residential development in Havre De Grace, Maryland that was severely contaminated with arsenic. Years of pesticide applications had contaminated soils during the property’s use as an orchard. At the Maryland Port Authority’s Hawkins Point Landfill and Dundalk Marine Terminal, both contaminated with chromium, Eartha managed remediation efforts that cost $4 million annually. She has also supervised cleanup and remediation of gas stations and other sources of petroleum releases under MDE’s Oil Control Program.

Eartha grew up in Summerton, SC. She obtained a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Claflin University in 2000 and her Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science from Clemson University in 2003. Eartha is married to Clayton Ballard, a construction manager for RKK Engineers; they have two children, Emmanuel and Morgan.